Bulgaria offers to host NATO cyber defense center

Bulgarian Prime Minister Marin Raykov with  NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, March 27, 2013

From Novinite:  President Rosen Plevneliev has spoken in favor of the creation of a NATO cyber defense backup center in Bulgaria.

In Plevneliev’s words, the move would position Bulgaria among the elite of hi-tech countries.

In a Monday statement at the opening of an international conference on smart defense, he explained that the idea had already been presented to the NATO Secretary General.

Plevneliev stressed that there were "plenty of hackers and intelligent young people" in Bulgaria that could be reoriented to work for cyber security and 21st century communications.

From Xinhua:  Bulgarian caretaker Defense Minister Todor Tagarev here on Thursday said his country wanted to contribute more to NATO’s cyber defense.

"To be able to contribute more to NATO in this area, we have to unite the national conceptual, operational, technological and business potential," Tagarev said in a public speech entitled "Future Challenges ahead of Defense Policy."

An ambition of his ministry was to develop a program about Bulgaria’s cyber defense capabilities, Tagarev said. . . .

It could be a technology but it could be education, doctrinal documents, procedures, training of people, and all these things would set up a program for the development of cyber defense capabilities, the minister said.  (photo: NATO)

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